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Photo for Cover of Morrissey’s New Album Taken Before Morrissey Was Ready

How else would you explain this? It’s the cover for Swords, a self-curated B-sides compilation out November 3 in the States that sounds pretty awesome: It features eighteen tracks, including one with backup vocals from Chrissie Hynde and a cover of David Bowie’s “Drive-In Saturday” whose lyrics are tweaked to be about the New York Dolls. But honestly, we’d buy this thing for the cover photo alone. Our theory is that Moz was supposed to leap exuberantly into the air and was gathering himself for the moment when suddenly the photo session went over-budget and record-company execs shut it down. And so they had to go with this shot of the dude, looking somewhere between bewildered, constipated, and post-jog winded.

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